Kathryn Snapka was inducted as an American College of Trial Lawyers Fellow for 2012. Fellowship in the college is limited to the top 1 percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. Fellowship status is extended by invitation only, after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility, and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of 15 years trial experience before they may be considered for a fellowship. Snapka has her own law firm, The Snapka Law Firm, in Corpus Christi.
Frederick S. Adams Jr. has joined the Dallas-based law firm of
Quilling, Selander, Lownds, Winslett & Moser PC. He is a
fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has
been board certified in Family Law since 1996, and has been voted Super
Lawyer in Texas Monthly every year since 2003. He has practiced family
law in Dallas for more than 30 years.
Debora B. Alsup, partner with Thompson & Knight LLP, was
named a Fifth Circuit Litigation Star in Texas first annual edition of
Keith Branyon has been selected for the 2012 Super Lawyers by Thomson Reuters. The list was published in the October issue of Texas Monthly magazine. Branyon is a partner in the Forth Worth office of Jackson Walker LLP. He practices primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianship and tax, with particular emphasis on the taxation of individuals, estates and trusts and all types of transfer taxes (estate, gift and generation skipping taxes). He is also an experienced litigator in probate and guardianship cases, including will contests and guardianship disputes.
John L. Grayson of the firm Cokinos Bosien & Young has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Grayson's contributions to the legal profession. Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to members of the state bar of Texas.
Keith Nelson of McCurley Orsinger McCurley Nelson & Downing LLP,
has earned recognition on the Texas Super Lawyers list. Additionally,
Nelson was recognized among the Top 100 Attorneys in Dallas-Fort Worth
for the second time.
John Charles Sherwood was named in Texas Monthly's List of Super Lawyers in Business Litigation for October 2012.
Alan Vickery, Partner at Sedgwick LLP, has been recognized by LMG Life Sciences 2012 as a Life Science Star.
Thomas J. Farmer has earned recognition in the Texas Super
Lawyers list of the state's top attorneys. Farmer, who also is Board
Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law, is a fellow of the Texas Trial
George "Tex" Quesada of the Dallas firm of Sommerman & Quesada L.L.P. was named the recipient of the 2012 Gene Cavin Award for Excellence in Continuing Education. Named for the State Bar's first full-time CLE director, the award is the highest honor given annually by the State Bar of Texas in the area of continuing legal education. Quesada is a past president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and the Dallas Trial Lawyers Association.
Sharon V. Lovejoy of Starn O'Toole Marcus & Fisher in Honolulu, Hawaii, has been selected for inclusion in Benchmark Litigation's Top 250 Women in Litigation. Lovejoy is a director of the firm and is experienced in
representing clients in a wide variety of commercial and business
litigation, and real estate disputes. Lovejoy has been named a Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate and is recognized by Super Lawyer for Business Litigation. Lovejoy was also recognized by The Best Lawyers in America
2011 and 2012 in the fields of Appellate Law, Litigation-Banking &
Finance, Litigation-Construction and Mortgage and Banking Foreclosure
Law. She is a Fellow of The Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
William "Bill" D. Old III was recently elected District Judge of the 25th Judicial District comprising Guadalupe, Gonzales, Lavaca and Colorado counties.
Marianne M. Auld, a partner at Kelly Hart in Fort Worth, was elected for inclusion in 2012 Texas Super Lawyers. Auld graduated first in her class
from Baylor Law School, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Baylor
Law Review. Following law school, she served as law clerk for the Hon.
Thomas M. Reavley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Auld was a professor of law at Baylor Law School, teaching federal civil procedure,remedies, and legal analysis, research and communications. In addition to her professional career, Auld currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Trinity
Paul R. Bessette has joined King & Spalding as a partner
in the Austin office. Bessette has a national securities litigation
practice with clients ranging from established Fortune 100 companies to
the newly public. He has been lead counsel in scores of cases
nationwide, defending companies, officers, directors, underwriters and
accountants in shareholder class action lawsuits, derivative litigation,
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission proceedings, M&A litigation
and other complex commercial litigation. He also has experience in
litigation involving breaches of fiduciary duty and representing board
committees in various types of corporate investigations. He is admitted in Texas,
California, and New York.
Charles A. Spain Jr. has been appointed associate judge of
the City of Houston Municipal Courts by Mayor Annise Parker. He will
continue to serve as a senior staff attorney at the Court of Appeals for
the First District of Texas.
Robert Gilbreath was named one of the Top 100 lawyers in Texas by the Super Lawyers publication. Gilbreath is a partner in Hawkins Parnell Thackston & Young's litigation department and serves as appellate and legal issues practice group leader. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and has handled approximately 200 appeals in a wide variety of areas, including trust and estates, personal injury, breach of contract, breach of warranty, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud, family law, oil and gas, contempt of court, arbitration, government regulation, defamation, RICO, shareholder oppression, and Lanham Act false advertising claims.
Geoffrey A. Long has joined the Houston office of the law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP as a Partner in the Corporate and
Securities Practice Group. Long has more than 20 years of buy and
sell-side transactional experience, with an emphasis on mergers,
divestitures and acquisitions; business-entity structuring; corporate
governance; commercial transactions; and general legal matters for a
variety of private and publicly traded companies across various sectors,
including manufacturing, medical devices, health information
technology, petrochemicals, oil and gas, entertainment and construction.
Long is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Houston Downtown
Alliance. He is a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and a member of the
Houston Bar Association and State Bar of Texas. His recent honors
include being recognized in The Best Lawyers in America based on his
work in Corporate Governance Law, and earning a Community Service Award
from the Houston Downtown Alliance. Long joins the Firm from Bracewell
& Giuliani LLP, where he began his career as an Associate in 1989
before being named Partner in 1997.
Adam J. Paradoski has become a Lifetime Member of the Baylor Law Alumni Association and challenges all of the great attorneys of the class of 1989 to do likewise. This class was fortunate to have had the WWII generation of Baylor Law professors hand down their wisdom about practicing law and the Baylor Law tradition of excellence to them. Paradoski also recently became a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. He has been working in Houston on an energy law project since May 2011.
Walt Shelton has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012
edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of
Environmental Law and Water Law. Shelton has received recognition every
year for more than 10 years.
Jeff Smith has been named president and chief executive officer of the Baptist Foundation of Texas. Smith currently serves as the foundation's vice president and general counsel. He will begin his term on Jan. 1. Smith has served the foundation for 10 years as a trust attorney and 10 years as general counsel.